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Friends Complete January Challenge For Sue Ryder Hospice in Reading

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A group of friends from Wokingham and Bracknell battled the rain, snow and ice in January to cover 200 miles for a local hospice.

In Aid Of Sue Ryder Hospice Reading

Anne Marie Jackson, Anuszka Ransley, Geraldine Ward and Sheilagh Lord pulled on their trainers and each ran or walked 50 miles during the month, raising over £700 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading.

The Team

The four-strong team decided to take on the lockdown challenge to show their support for the hospice during the Coronavirus pandemic, and thank them for the expert care and support they have provided to many of their friends and loved ones over the years.

Sue Ryder Hospice
Anne Marie Jackson and Anuszka Ransley completed the last few miles of the challenge on a socially distanced walk together

42 year-old childminder Anne Marie, who lives in Arborfield, said: “One of my best friends sadly lost her husband in 2017, just a few weeks after he received a terminal diagnosis. She was struggling to meet his care needs at home, as well as look after two young children, so it was a huge relief when he was able to go to the hospice.

This challenge was my way of giving something back to say thank you for the amazing care and support that many people close to me have received, including another friend who lost her husband in October last year. I know January is a difficult month, but people have been so generous and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has supported us.”

Team member Anuszka Ransley was inspired to take on the challenge after her father received end of life care at the hospice in June 2019. She said: “The team at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice were wonderful at caring for my dad, my family and also providing support after he passed away. The kindness from everyone who works there is something I have never experienced before in a medical setting. It’s unbelievable that these centres rely on charity in order to function, which is why I took on the 50-mile challenge, wanting to help raise much needed funds. Thank you to everyone at Sue Ryder and to all those who donated to this challenge.”

Sue Ryder Hospice Fundraiser

Hannah Richards, Community Fundraiser at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, said: “Thank you so much to Anne Marie, Anuszka, Geraldine and Sheilagh for braving the weather and taking on this January challenge to support our hospice. The funds they have raised will help us to continue to provide compassionate expert palliative care and support, and be there when it matters for local people and their loved ones.”

Fundraising Page

If you would like to donate to the team’s fundraising page, visit: justgiving.com/fundraising/50forDuchessofKent